It has been announced that 2012 World Champion will return to the team with which he attempted to defend his title. He will drive a Citroen C-Elysee for the ALL-INKL.COM squad after parting company with Honda. The new car will be coming direclty from Citroen’s factory effort which saw them claim three world titles in three attempts. Huff failed to retain his title in 2013, driving a Seat Leon against the faster RML run Chevrolets.
The team had ran a Chevrolet Cruze for James Thompson, who was filling in for Rene Munnich during 2017. It is understood that the team has retained its pair of Cruze TC1 cars, however it is unlikely that either will appear during the season. The team also have a TC2N spec Honda Civic which could run in WTCC-2. The team have intentions to run it in TCR classes or ETCC this season. Huff is just the second driver to be confirmed for the 2017 campaign.
It remains to be seen who will replace Huff in the Honda squad. It is expected that Tiago Monterio will be retained, with Norbet Michelisz alongside him. Ryo Michigami is a favourite to join them, having driven for the team in Japan last season.
“I’m overjoyed to be rejoining my very good friends at Münnich Motorsport for the 2017 WTCC,” Huff said. “Having had a very successful year with the team in 2013, we are excited to come back together in a much stronger position, with more experience and of course with the ultra competitive Citroën package.” He also highlighted that 2017 could see a privateer team take the title, with Sebastien Loeb Racing and now Munnich running Citroens.
It remains to be seen who will join the team in running privateer Citroens, and whether they will be able to run at the front. Or will it be the year that Honda can take control at the front of the field.
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